- The Olugbo of Ugbo land, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, claims to be the most prominent and leader of all the traditional leaders in Yoruba land
- The monarch also said he is the custodian of the authentic history of the Yoruba race
- He made the declaration at an event in Ibadan, Oyo state
The Olugbo of Ugbo land, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, has said he is the most prominent and leader of all the traditional leaders in Yoruba land
According to The Punch, the monarch also said he is the custodian of the authentic history of the Yoruba race.
NAIJ.com gathered that the revered monarch made the declaration at an event organised to mark the 30th anniversary of a popular radio presenter, Kola Olootu in Ibadan on Sunday, May 14.
Oba Akinruntan who is also the chairman, Yoruba Obas Conflicts Resolution Committee, said he had published a book on the true history of Yoruba race, which placed the Olugbo above all other monarchs in Yoruba land.
According to him, he is on the verge of publishing the volume two of the book.
The Olugbo said he was aware of some critics of his works and historical analysis, stressing that many of those who criticised his works were unhappy that the true position of their lineage was being put into proper place.
His words: “I am the leader of all obas in Yoruba land. I speak with thunder in my mouth and I make bold to say so. No one is above me in Yoruba land in as much as it has been accepted that we are from Ife. I am the one that Oduduwa met at Ife. We are the husband of Moremi Ajasoro.
“Anyone who wants real Yoruba blessing should approach me. I am the one bestowed with the power.”
“People should face the truth. My account of the history of Yoruba race is the most accurate and authentic. I have published a book on it already.
“Like I said, Oduduwa met my people in Ife. Don’t mind my critics who use Facebook to abuse me. The truth is that many of them are children of slaves.
“They don’t want the true story of their fathers to be told. Slaves don’t want history to be told. I am bold because I am not a son of a slave. My book is there. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has accepted the book as the authentic history of the Yoruba race. I am about to publish another book on the same subject.”
Meanwhile, one Dare Omomesh recently criticized Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu for saying Lagos is not part of Yoruba land and that the Oba of Benin is the founder of Lagos.
Omomesh said it is absurd and unfortunate that Oba Akiolu does not know the history of the entity he presides upon.
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